The Mystic Krewe of Barkus is re-occupying Armstrong Park in 2012. The krewe of costumed canines parades with the spy theme Mission: Impossible – Canine Protocol, but after three years of working around construction that kept the group out of Louis Armstrong Park, the big news is that it will have the run of the park again. The pre-parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and walk up registration is still open to those wishing to march. The krewe resumes its traditional approach to the French Quarter from the arch at St. Ann Street, but eight blocks have been added to the route and the group will march down North Rampart Street for the first time. The dogleg in the route has the krewe looping back on Burgundy Street before returning to St. Ann Street and the viewing stand at Good Friends Bar (740 Dauphine St.).
Each year, the queen of the krewe is selected from an area shelter. The group was founded in 1993, and in 19 years it has donated more than $500,000 to shelters and animal welfare organizations in the Gulf region, says spokesperson Catherine Olivier. Registration $40 until Feb. 10, $50 day of parade. — Will Coviello